Drug use in sport: Implications for public policy

STEWART, B and Smith, A 2008, 'Drug use in sport: Implications for public policy', Journal of Sport and Social Issues, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 278-298.


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Title Drug use in sport: Implications for public policy
Author(s) STEWART, B
Smith, A
Year 2008
Journal name Journal of Sport and Social Issues
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 278
End page 298
Total pages 21
Publisher Sage Publications, Inc.
Abstract Many of the models and theories that aim to explain drug use in sport are limited by a focus on individual athlete decision-making that centers on the socioeconomic costs and benefits of using drugs. However, this limitation narrows the debate to how various penalties and sanctions might curb use. The authors suggest that to broaden the debate the investigation should include an exploration of the context in which drug use occurs and a situational diagnosis of the assumptions, values, and beliefs that underpin drug use in sport. To this end, the authors have developed a model of drug use in sport that combines the micro orientation of individual athlete and interpersonal behavior with the macro orientation of sporting context, structure, and culture. They use this contextualized model to contrast a use-reduction policy with a harm-minimization policy that allows sport organizations and athletes to manage their drug use in a safe and secure environment.
Subject Sports Medicine
Copyright notice © 2008 Sage Publications.
ISSN 0193-7235
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